8-years ago, CHP Officer Kevin Briggs talked this young man out of jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.
That young man’s name is Kevin Berthia.
Today he is 30 years old and married with 2 children.
This week he presented Officer Briggs with an award on behalf of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The story of how Officer Briggs talked Kevin down is remarkable.
As you can see in the picture, Kevin is literally one step away from jumping to his death. But for more than hour, the officer listened to Kevin pour his heart out about his troubles and told him, “I know you think things are bad, but they can get better.”
Kevin says, “Officer Briggs never made me feel guilty for the situation I was in. He made feel like, I understand why you are here, but there are alternatives”
Kevin is just one of countless lives Briggs has saved over his 23 year career.
Briggs, who was promoted to Sergeant five years ago, is humble about what he does. He says, ”they make the decision, when they step back over that rail it takes a tremendous amount of courage”
I salute Sergeant Briggs!
Photo: The San Francisco Chronicle, John Storey
bless you ♥ you’re an amazing person.
Thank you Lord for people like Sergeant Briggs!!!!
For Fred Astaire
Happy birthday to the amazing Fred Astaire. Your sweet smiling face and your flying feet are still very much loved.
reason to love a cat! a kitty cuddle will always cheer you up :D
Love my kitties <3
R.I.P. Deanna Durbin
Thank you for sharing your beautiful gift.
This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York. This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.
(Source: bencrowther, via hitrecordjoe)
The view from a Broadway stage.
God, this is the dream
Nicholas Kristof, Half the Sky
Read that AGAIN.
(Source: kateoplis, via theatrecollage)
I love the song & esp love the way the skirt becomes the ribbons. Reminds me of the big woman in The Nutcracker when all the children run out from her skirt.
“This may be harder to see in the persona of Astaire because it exists in reverse form to the way that it appears in Valentino and Gable. With them it is their gentleness that is hidden, the discovery of which imbues their characters with a thrilling potential. With Astaire it is his power as a dynamic and undoubtedly masculine figure that is magically revealed when he begins to dance…. In terms of the film industry’s need to provide both a pleasurable viewing experience for a largely female audience and to meet the requirements of the Production Code, the asexual persona of Astaire was a perfect cover for the erotic significance of much of his dancing.”
Movies in Disguise: Negotiating Censorship & Patriarchy Through the Dances of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers by Sue Richard
Check out my review of Mika’s concert that was held last week (April 8th) at Union Transfer here in Philly.